There are a LOT of really cool things about my job. Like, a ton. But one of those really, really cool things about my job is getting to see the “before” at the engagement session, then witness the very first day of a couple as FAMILY on their wedding day and then my job gets exponentially cooler to be invited back to do a newborn/family session however long down the road.

This was the case with Taylor + Danny — I shot their engagement session in 2014, their wedding in 2015 and then in 2019 I had the joy of documenting the addition of their dear son Luca into their family.

What a joy joy joy joy.

Aren’t we all waiting on something right now? Perhaps especially right now we’re all linked in waiting in the midst of this pandemic we currently find ourselves swept up in. We’re waiting and we don’t know for how long. In light of this it just felt like the appropriate season in which to share some photos of a family that has waited a long time for the relief of bringing their third child home. I feel the wait in these photos. I felt the wait while taking these photos. I also am highly aware of the distinct resilience and strength present in this family that came from much waiting, much loss, much grief and much persevering.

And I felt their distinct joy that came after too.

Although your waiting might be quite different than their waiting (or perhaps for some of you, quite similar), my hope is that you can be encouraged in whatever your wait is as well.

 in-home momma + baby mini session

This has just been one of those family sessions that has been stuck in my mind since I took these images. I think it’s partly because the flow of the session was unlike any I had done before. I always coach my family clients to think through what portions of this particular season of their lives are especially meaningful to them. What part of your days is your most favorite? Which part will you be saddest to see go? What do you want to remember about this specific interval of time?  Then let’s document those things. Most often I come for a session and the entire family is gathered  together ready to spend time together (which is great!) but for this session we wanted to document a bit of Jen’s homeschool time with her boys, the often-looked-forward-to event that is dad coming home from work at the end of day, and then some family time altogether after that. I love the natural storytelling flow that this set up offered for our time together — the day-in-the-life approach was so literal to their days together. I also just think that the love this family emits towards each other and those around them is something so special, which is most likely another reason these photos have stuck with me so much that I’m blogging them a year after taking them.

Enjoy a peek into the Windle family in-home session last year.

This was my third time to photograph these two and goodness gracious it just doesn’t get old, not even close. We met up at sunrise in honor of their second year of marriage and you guys, I was literally yelling “IT’S LIKE A MICHAEL BAY MOVIE RIGHT NOW!!” because the solar flares/general epic-ness this particular sunrise and SHELBY AND CAMERON were putting out into the world.

Thank you for letting me document your love, yet again, Shelby and Cameron. Y’all know I’m game to photograph you two a hundred years more or as long as you’ll have me.

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